James C. Dodds, a well known farmer of the Fifth District, was born in Henderson County, 1837, the oldest of a family of five boys and eleven girls born to Thomas N. and Mary G. (Crook) Dodds. The father was of English descent, born in 1810. When a youth he came to Henderson County with his father, James Dodds; they located in the Third District, a portion of the county which was then called Chester County; they were among the pioneer settlers. Thomas M. after his marriage moved to time Fifth District, residing there until 1843, when he sold out, and bought property in the Fifth District of Chester County and resided there until his death in 1874. His wife was also of English origin, born in South Carolina in 1820; since Mr. Dodd's death she has been living on the home place with her youngest son. Robert B. James C. received his education in the Henderson County schools, remaining at home until his majority. In November, 1860, he married a daughter of Henry and Catherine Anderson, Miss Mary E., who was born in the county in 1839. To this union, nine children were born: Annie L., wife of C. M. Keys; James W.; John S.; Mamie C.; Oscar L.; Lura E.; Carrie E.; Maggie May, and Robert E. Soon after his marriage the late war broke out and Mr. Dodds donned the gray, enlisting in July, 1862, in Company D, Twenty-first Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry, He took active part in many engagements, was at Okalona, Fort Pillow, Nashville and at Brice's Cross-roads, where he received a severe wound in the right shoulder, which disabled him for five months. On December, 1884, he was captured and made prisoner, was taken to Johnson's Island and retained until restoration of peace; on May, 1865, he went to Mississippi, remaining there until 1871, and then returned to his native county. In 1874 he purchased 337 acres in the Fifth District, where he now resides. He has bought a considerable amount of real estate; is one of the most enterprising and prosperous farmers in time section, where he is well known and universally respected. In 1882 he was elected magistrate of his district, and since that time, has adjusted all difficulties brought before him, with judicial fairness and satisfaction to all. He is a Democrat, casting his first vote for John Bell in 1860. Mrs. Dodds is an estimable lady, a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

Goodspeeds History of Tennessee
James C. Dodds (13 October 1837 - 6 January 1904) buried at Unity Cemetery

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